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A new music site September 19, 2007

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I just discovered the new Pandora.

It’s awesome, even better than last.fm if you want to listen to music. First of all no custom player, just a web interface but it’s flash based.

First all, it’s music recommendation. I keyed in The Brothers Johnson and I just heard Ray Parker’s “Jack and Jill” Wild shit, and right now it’s the Gap Band with “Steppin”. I’m totally loving this.

Check it out.

It gets better, it even knows about the original Full Force. Oh glory be!


The Rovers still rove August 28, 2007

Posted by truthspew in All Things Considered, iTunes, last.lfm, Mars, music, NASA, npr, Opportunity, robotics, rovers, Spirit, Steve Squyres.
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Some good news from NASA regarding the Mars Rovers.

I still find it amazing that those rovers were only supposed to be on the surface of Mars for 90 sols (Martian Days). They’ve now been up for 1,271 sols, or 14.1 times longer than they were supposed to be active.

Those rovers are a testament to engineering at its very best. It is nice to see that it still exists somewhere in the U.S. and NASA still pulls it off.

What I can’t imagine is the excess data being sent by the rovers. They had their hands full with 90 sols of info, now they’ve got much more than that. While the Viking landers may have found life, the rovers Opportunity and Spirit may help us get a much more focused picture of what that life on Mars actually happens to be.

So kudos to NASA and Steve Squyres on the re-starting of the rovers. For a while there I thought all was lost but it isn’t.

Now playing: Jack Johnson – Better Together
via FoxyTunes

My Top 25 from Itunes July 18, 2007

Posted by truthspew in Bill O'Reilly, iTunes, Marijuana, music.

Polt turned me on to this so I decided to paste mine up here:

Rank Name Artist Album

  • 1. Far Beyond – Sunburst Band – Beats and Pieces, Vol. 3 (Music for the More Discerning Dancefloor)
  • 2. Fantastic Voyage – Lakeside – Fantastic Voyage
  • 3. Mercy Mercy Mercy – Philip Bailey – Soul On Jazz
  • 4. Brother Man – The Brothers Johnson – Right On Time
  • 5. Spellbound and Speechless (Edit) – Incognito – Best of Incognito (Remastered)
  • 6. Dubfunk – Shur-I-Kan – Advance
  • 7. Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing (Remix) – Incognito – Best of Incognito (Remastered)
  • 8. Everyday – Incognito – Best of Incognito (Remastered)
  • 9. Your Love Is On the One – Lakeside – Fantastic Voyage
  • 10. Still a Friend of Mine – Incognito – Best of Incognito (Remastered)
  • 11. “Love Come Down (12″” Version)” – “Evelyn “”Champagne”” King” – Dance Vault Remixes
  • 12 Colibri – Incognito – Best of Incognito (Remastered)
  • 13. Change (Bluey’s Remix) – Incognito – Best of Incognito (Remastered)
  • 14. You Keep Me Comin’ Back – The Brothers Johnson – The Brothers Johnson: Greatest Hits
  • 15. Funk It (Funkadelala) – The Brothers Johnson – The Brothers Johnson: Greatest Hits
  • 16. Ride-O-Rocket – The Brothers Johnson – 20th Century Masters – The Millennium
    Collection: The Best of the Brothers Johnson
  • 17. Deep Waters – Incognito – Best of Incognito (Remastered)
  • 18. Unpredictable (Dirty) – Jamie Foxx – Unpredictable
  • 19. Keep On Doin’ It – Aurra – Aurra: Anthology (Volumes I & II)
  • 20. Another Man – Barbara Mason – Barbara Mason: The Greatest Hits (Expanded Edition)
  • 21. Across 110th Street – Bobby Womack – Midnight Mover – The Bobby Womack Story
  • 22. Brazilian Love Affair – George Duke – A Brazilian Love Affair
  • 23. Yesterday’s Dream – Incognito – Best of Incognito (Remastered)
  • 24. Say Yes – Lakeside – Fantastic Voyage
  • 25. Freedom – Zapp – Zapp
  • When I look at it, the only recent artists in there are Sunburst Band, Philip Bailey (Still part of EW&F I might add.), Incognito, Shur-I-Kan, and Jamie Foxx.

    Another treat is Barbara Mason singing “Another Man”. This was a tune from the late 70’s or early 80’s that details her having been left, for another man. Interesting song.

    And some of those tracks, like those of the Brothers Johnson? I actually have the vinyl. Yes I’m a dinosaur. Actually Ride-O-Rocket is pretty damned funky. Take a listen for yourself and visit my profile on last.fm.

    Back to the 80's March 14, 2007

    Posted by truthspew in Bill O'Reilly, music, The 80's, WDOM.
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    So I’m just surfing around YouTube watching episodes of that brilliant Channel 4 comedy, The IT Crowd. The IT Crowd is a hit in my office, since we have a few Office fans and they always wanted to see on with an I.T. crew in it. We’ve now gotten our wish.

    Anyhow, after I watched every episode of The IT Crowd, I found myself doing searches. Someone on another board posted a link to Cherelle’s “Didn’t Mean to Turn You On” which I much prefer to that vulgar version by Robert Palmer. And then that keyed the duet she did with Alexander O’Neal.

    Oh yeah, I remember him. I remember sitting in a radio studio back in 1985, the lights dimmed, the headphones hanging off one ear, the monitor speakers at the right volume and the phone line ringing off the hook.

    I seriously dug being on the radio. Fortunately I have the voice for it, and I had my fan club. It was shall we say dangerous because I realized the power of radio at the tender age of 21. And then by 23 it was all over but do I ever have some memories.

    One of them is the time we got locked out of the studio by accident. The tape over the door latch had worn down so when I closed the door it locked. I still remember the record playing, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam’s “I Wonder if I Take You Home”.

    And all you heard over the external monitors was the needle trying to play the label. We tried everything, unscrewing the frame around the studio window, until finally we called security. Took them about an hour to find the key thus saving the night.

    Then of course one of the dangers was the chance that some ‘fans’ would show up. And you’d just lock the studio door, turn your back to the window and pray they’d leave before too long. Another danger was the fact that the phone patch didn’t have a gate on it. A gate is a device that delays the signal for 5-7 second so you can dump it if something bad goes down. We had no such luxury.

    Our biggest audience was a captive audience of sorts. The boys at the adult correctional institution loved the show. Like I said, fans.

    The 80’s were pretty big on synth now that I think about it. Here’s some clear evidence with Colonel Abrams singing “Trapped”

    Hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane.

    Some Old School Jazz February 7, 2007

    Posted by truthspew in Bill O'Reilly, Dave Brubeck, jazz, music.
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    Wow – this video is from 1961 – it pre-dates me by three years. That is one of the things I love about online videos, you never know what you’ll find.

    So here’s Dave Brubeck and his group performing Take Five.

    What is it about these groups? January 8, 2007

    Posted by truthspew in Dave Matthews Band, music, Ron Paul, Shirley Phelps-Roper, Squirrel Nut Zippers, They Might Be Giants, YouTube.
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    I don’t know why but I like They Might Be Giants (TMBG) and Squirrel Nut Zippers.

    Here’s TMBG with “Istanbul”

    And Squirrel Nut Zippers “Put a Lid On It”

    And after watching Woody Allen’s “The Curse of the Jade Scorpion” I think I know where TMBG and SNZ get some of their influence. Come to think of it, the generic music tracks sound an awful lot like SNZ.

    So while my mainstream musical tastes are R&B/Soul/Neo-soul my tastes do wiggle out into other things. While I’m thinking about it here’s some more stuff I like:

    The Cure

    Dave Matthews Band

    I think in the case of DMB I love the above track because it builds up layer by layer. And if you saw my iTunes library, you’d see that I love guitar and bass. Oh don’t get me wrong, brass is so cool, and I love synth too. But the main component of my library is guitar.

    Whitney Houston attains divahood! December 28, 2006

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    Wow – she can still sing. It’s a little different from when I first heard her in 1985. At the radio station I was doing my gig at, we wore a hole through her first album. That’s how much You Give Good Love was requested in 1986.

    And here she is, 20 years and a lot of drugs later:

    A discovery December 23, 2006

    Posted by truthspew in iTunes, music.
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    So I’ve been keying everyone I like into TuneGlue and then expanding selections. I stumbled upon Leon Ware, very interesting stuff. I like that he lists his religion as sensualism which in essence feeds into hedonism, something I heartily endorse.

    Why the hell not enjoy life? Once you discover that it’s mostly absurd it becomes much easier. Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and the world laughs at you.

    Other new oldies I picked up include Patrice Rushen’s jazzier works. She’s a very talented musician. You might remember her best for “Forget Me Nots” but her body of work is expansive. Same with Philip Bailey, he has a nice solo career doing some jazz work and I particularly like the track “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”. I also snagged The Gibson Brothers “Cuba” and Eric Sermon’s “Music”.

    It’s funny – my last.fm recommendations are getting more and more interesting. Why? because I also like Dave Matthews Band, Squirrel Nut Zippers, 10,000 Maniacs, etc. So it tends to bring some stuff I like and some stuff I don’t like into my recommendations.

    For example, my banned list includes Overise, Cake, Daft Punk, Chingy and E.S.G.
    I think with Chingy its the damned ridiculous name.

    my-tuneglue-map December 17, 2006

    Posted by truthspew in iTunes, last.lfm, music.
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    So I happened upon this little online experimental site called TuneGlue. Key in an artist then click on the record and select the Expand option.

    What you see in this image (1280×800 – sorry but it just had to be widescreen) is just my lower left quadrant based upon a search on “Change”.

    So now you know how last.fm’s ‘tune by artist’ works. It connects relationships between artists. Oh and if you download and install iTunes and last.fm it’ll scrobble the tracks you play in your iTunes library. In essence, it looks and sees what might be related to what is in your library which explains how David Bowie ended up in my suggestions.